London Club (Heritage)

London Club (Heritage)

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Two cracking Jack Nicklaus courses, the London Club Heritage and the London Club International, await you in this corner of north Kent near Brands Hatch. The European Open was held here in 2008 and 2009, on the Heritage, while the latter is equally as dramatic and testing. Ross Fisher and Christian Cevaer were the contrasting winners here, the Englishman relying on some enormous hitting while the less powerful Frenchman overcame another star-studded field with some impressive hybrid play.

The Heritage, a mixture of parkland, heathland and downland, has six holes which play around water and the drive at the 18th will test your nerve if a good score is on the cards.

Otherwise a premium is set on avoiding the numerous bunkers from the tee and knowing which line to take. Water again features heavily, as you might expect of a Nicklaus design.

Top holes, Mark Townsend, deputy editor:

5th 541 yards, par 5 (Heritage)

The first of four par 5s and should you get your best drive away, and miss the four bunkers, it will present you with the chance to take on the water and the distant green.

Interestingly, when the European Open was held here, the really big boys, with the wind at their backs, were able to get their tee shots down the hill to leave a short iron in. The rest of us will have to play a wedge to a green that slopes from back to front.

7th 187 yards, par 3 (Heritage)

One of the best-looking holes on the Heritage with water stretching all the way to the green and six bunkers awaiting anything over hit.

When the wind is into it can be as much as a hybrid and, because of the obvious dangers, the natural tendency is to be cautious and hit plenty of club. The only problem is that could leave you with a horrible little bunker shot played towards the wet stuff.

18th 443 yards, par 4 (Heritage)

More water though this time it comes into play from the tee, down the left-hand side. You will need to hit driver off the tee to give yourself a chance of reaching the elevated green where a large bunker catches anything short and right.

The sensible approach is up the left but this leaves a pitch up a two-tiered green where getting down in two putts is always a bonus.

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